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Junior Academy


Please read on for an overview of our current curriculum. We are constantly developing ideas to provide enriching experiences for our children.

We believe that reading is of vital importance. Nurturing a love of reading begins early and in collaboration with Skegness Infant Academy, we follow the Letters and Sounds approach to phonics. Children who continue to need support with reading will be encouraged to use the same strategies and once they are fully secure in all the phonic phases, Support for Spelling is used as a transition tool between year 2 and 3. Monster Phonics is a new introduction recently across years 3 to 6. Children who have not been successful in attaining the correct level in the Phonic Screen by the end of KS1 will benefit from this scheme. 


Our reading scheme is based around the Oxford Reading Tree scheme  with additional texts used to enhance the curriculum. Within our Academy we offer a wealth of books to support guided reading which, along with the Oxford Reading Tree, are book banded. We encourage our children to develop a love for reading through our regular guided reading sessions which happen daily across the academy as well as regular 'reading for pleasure' activities which take place in classrooms and in our newly refurbished library.

Reading is a tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers is a large and exciting part of what we do at the Academy. We aim to give each child special reading time with an exceptionally well trained adult several times a week. We need you to support with reading at home. Children need to learn to read then read to learn.

Writing is really important. We have lots of exciting opportunities to inspire pupils, giving them opportunities to include these in their work. The support provided ensures children make excellent progress. Pupils will normally experience English throughout the school day in a variety of ways through reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Mathematics should be exciting and fun for everyone. Our mathematics curriculum covers everything from cooking with weights and measures all the way through to long division and algebra. New mathematical ideas are introduced with lots of hands on practical work and embedded with practice and problem solving. We have introduced apps to continue learning at home

Computers and other ICT can help pupils make accelerated progress. We support pupils to develop their skills such as researching, typing, editing and art skills. Then we use those skills in our project work. We have a variety of technologies for children to experience around the Academy for group or individual use.

Science is an exciting subject. Our pupils learn about science by being real scientists. They observe, experiment, investigate and think like scientists.

History and Geography are best learned by visiting places to explore them – so that’s just what we do!  Over the academic year pupils are taken out to visit places of interest, to inspire and motivate them in their studies. We use research books, the Internet and artefacts to find out even more.

Design and Technology is a subject our pupils greatly enjoy! We help them to design and make things from cookies to cars, from pizza to piers.

Music and Art are vital for creative development. Pupils are taught the skills they need and then we help them apply those skills to achieve wonderful pieces of high quality. We are currently taking aprt in the Artsmark project to gain this award.

Religious Education – we teach religious education based around the agreed Lincolnshire syllabus.   If you have religious reasons for not wanting your child to participate in our daily assembly or on-going religious education, please let your child’s class teacher know.

Physical Education is very important to us. We know that children love our PE, partly because there are lots of different types carried out throughout the year, including swimming. Our main hall is large and there is lots of outdoor space to enable children to develop their skills fully.

Clubs are very popular, and there are a lots available for pupils. These change regularly and may include music, dance, theatre, football, netball, sewing, hockey and lots more.

Playtimes are an important part of being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have two well-staffed playgrounds, an assault course, a large field and an ‘explore’ area. Some of our older pupils also become playground leaders and set up games for the younger children.

SMSC and British Values: SMSC and British Values are embedded across our curriculum through discussions, lesson content, assembly timetables / content and provision of wider experiences including visitors and trips for our pupils.

We are continually reviewing the curriculum will also be updating the website as we do so. We will keep you updated  with curriculum letters each term so you are informed about what your child is learning. If you have any questions about the curriculum please come in and ask!

Medium term planning for each year group so far is detailed below: